5 Reasons to Visit Fayetteville This Spring

March 15, 2019

I'm convinced Melody Foote knows more random facts about Cumberland County's historic sites, people, and treasures than most Fayetteville natives do. As a transplant from New York, my boss loves to tell people how surprised she was when she moved to the South, nearly 25 years ago, and realized just how diverse Fayetteville is—from the residents to the cuisine. She's watched Cumberland County change and grow quite a bit over the last quarter of a century, and each year, she discovers new things to love about our community.

Melody and her husband will often spend their Saturdays on the road, looking for new restaurants and hidden gems to try. In general, she's always on the hunt for fresh and new Fayetteville offerings to brag about when she's promoting our area as a tourism destination. This year is no exception, as we have so many exciting developments and events on the horizon. Melody recently wrote on "5 Reasons to Visit Fayetteville This Spring," and I'm so pleased to share her fantastic suggestions with our readers.

Batter Up!

Be one of the first fans to see the Fayetteville Woodpeckers play at Segra Stadium in downtown Fayetteville. Their first game is April 18th. After the game, grab a beer at one of our three microbreweries in walking distance of the stadium. The next day, have lunch at the Fayetteville Pie Company, which was rated “The Best Pie in NC” by Tasting Table.

Relax & Recharge

Utilize some unique services available in Fayetteville. Floating Shanti is one of only ten facilities in North Carolina that offers flotation therapy, a sensory-deprivation experience. During a float in a sound-proof tank, your body easily floats on water filled with magnesium (Epsom salts). The therapy is beneficial for chronic pain and a host of other ailments, including anxiety and insomnia. Nearby, at Prima Elements Holistic Wellness Center, enjoy a Restation™ session. Lying on a special lounge, with earphones on and eyes covered, users experience low-frequency vibrations from the platform and synchronized soothing music from the headphones that lull you into a meditative state. A Restation™ session is beneficial for fatigue, chronic pain, anxiety, and more.

Cape Fear Botanical Garden

On Your Marks, Get Set, Go!

Run with the nation’s finest at the All American Marathon, Mike-to-Mike Half-Marathon or All American 5K on March 24th. Can’t make it that day? Cumberland County has nearly 25 runs and walks to tackle throughout the spring. There are plenty of opportunities to get active this season. Find the full list here.

Take in the Scenery

Soak up the natural beauty of the Carolinas! Not only are the azaleas and dogwoods in full bloom throughout the community, but the 77-acre Cape Fear Botanical Garden offers a place to see all the spring blooms in one place. Visit after May 5th, and you’ll be treated to 18 metal sculptures that tell the story and history of the art form of origami. The traveling exhibition, entitled Origami in the Garden, will be in place for four months. Flowers not your thing? Visit Carvers Creek State Park, which is home to the rare Longleaf Pine ecosystem (and the endangered species that live there); Fayetteville Rose Garden; and The Cape Fear River Trail, which is part of the East Coast Greenway.

Throw Some Axes

Axes & Armor Hatchet House, Cumberland County’s first indoor axe-throwing facility, opened its doors in February 2019. Axes & Armor is a member of the World Axe Throwing League and can host tournaments, walk-ins, leagues, and private parties. Their mission is to bring the thrill of a traditional Canadian backyard to this community. Axes & X’s, another fantastic axe-throwing option, hosts pop-ups at special events, breweries, and other sites throughout the year. They plan to open a permanent, indoor facility in the next year.

Additionally, you'll find several events happening throughout the spring that would make for a perfect girls' trip. I dished on all those in "International Women's Day: A Celebration of the Feminine & Fierce." If you need ideas on more ways to explore the community, head over to VisitFayettevilleNC.com. The Calendar of Events highlights special events happening year-round here.

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